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Burroughs Girls Basketball Holds Off Feisty Burbank

By Rick Assad

 

It wasn’t too difficult to figure out that the Burroughs High girls’ basketball was going to double-team Burbank’s Osanna Tirityan and force others to beat them.

For the most part, the tactic worked because the visiting Indians prevailed 54-42 in a Pacific League contest on Friday night.

Even with two defenders draped all over Tirityan, the junior shooting guard managed to pour in a game-best 19 points for the Bulldogs, who had only three players score.

Burroughs junior guard Jillian Kukawski, who scored nine points, looks to pass the basketball against Burbank, which lost 54-42. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“She’s a great player, so it’s hard to stop her with just one,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “The game plan was to try stop her, try to rebound and limit them to one shot.”

Burroughs (13-8 and 4-3 in league) had seven players score including freshman power forward Faith Boulanger, who tallied a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Burroughs freshman shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo finished with 10 points and seven caroms and freshman power forward Kayla Wrobel, who didn’t score, pulled down seven boards.

Aside from the opening four minutes, the Indians controlled much of the tempo and probably played their best league game.

“As far league, I would say yes, but we’ve had other moments in the season,” Oganyan said.

The Indians’ Ariana Farias is keeping a close eye on Burbank junior guard Emily Monterrey. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs outscored Burbank in every frame except the third when Burbank (8-13 and 3-4 in league) dropped in 13 points while limiting the Indians, who shot 35.9 percent (23 of 64) from the field, to seven points.

“We went away with what was working in that first quarter,” Burbank coach John Wells said. “They stuck to their game plan and took away Osanna and made others beat them.”

Wells went on: “They were running two at her and she did a pretty good job of passing,” he noted. “We got tired. We gotta keep attacking. We gotta do a better job of finding the gaps and attacking.”

Behind seven points from Boulanger and four points from junior shooting guard Jillian Kukawski (nine points), the Indians powered ahead 16-11 in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs actually led 8-0 on a follow-up bucket from Tirityan with 5:20 left in the initial period, but the Indians then outscored the Bulldogs 16-3.

The Indians pulled ahead 24-15 with 3:40 left on the clock in the second period on a put-back from Boulanger.

When senior center Marin Grote (four points, nine rebounds and five assists) scored from close range and 1:59 left in the second quarter, the Indians moved ahead 28-15.

“We ask her to be aggressive,” Oganyan said of Grote. “She has games when she’s not. She did better in the second half.”

The Indians made 15 of 36 shots at halftime and were in front 32-15, while the Bulldogs (32.6 percent on 15 of 46) hit six of 20 at the break with junior power forward Sofia Aslanyan tallying eight of her 15 points.

In the third period, the Indians made two of 13 from the floor and one of four from the free-throw line.

The Bulldogs hit five of 11 from the field, two of two from the charity stripe and came within 39-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Indians, who drained six three-pointers compared to two for the Bulldogs, righted the ship in the final frame, making six of 15 and saw junior point guard Ariana Farias score six of her eight points after hitting a pair of three-pointers and Boulanger tallying six points.

Freshman small forward Jayla Flowers tacked on eight points for the Bulldogs, seven coming in the second half.

The Bulldogs converted 10 of 18 free throws and committed 13 turnovers while the Indians hit two of six free throws and also had 13 turnovers.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Lose To Crescenta Valley In Overtime 54-52

By Rick Assad

 

It wasn’t an artistic masterpiece, to be sure, but Friday night’s Pacific League girls’ basketball showdown between Burroughs High and visiting Crescenta Valley was gritty, at times wholly exciting and needed an overtime in order for the Falcons to secure a 54-52 decision.

Senior center Marin Grote scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down 24 rebounds for the Indians, who fell to Crescenta Valley 54-52 in overtime. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (12-7 and 3-2 in league) pulled ahead 11-10 after the first quarter, trailed 21-20 at halftime, fell behind 32-23 through the third frame and outscored the Falcons 20-11 in the fourth period, which forced the extra session.

In overtime, Crescenta Valley (14-4 and 5-0 in league) made three of five from the field and all four free throws.

Burroughs converted three of 10 from the floor and three of six at the charity stripe, with senior center Marin Grote, who grabbed a game-best 24 rebounds, scoring six of her game-high 17 points.

A hoop by freshman power forward Kayla Wrobel (13 points) from five feet and one second remaining tied it at 43-43.

The pace was fast and furious when the Indians hosted the Falcons in a Pacific League matchup. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

When Grote drilled the first of two free throws, the Indians took a 40-39 lead and 1:12 left.

After junior point guard Ariana Farias made the second of two free throws for her only point and 16.1 seconds on the clock, the Indians pulled within 42-41.

“We had a really good fourth quarter,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We missed some free throws. Missed some shots here and there. A couple of mistakes on defense.”

Freshman power forward Faith Boulanger hammered in three free throws during overtime and finished with 10 points, including seven points in the fourth quarter when the Indians canned six of 17 from the field and eight of 15 from the free-throw line.

The Indians converted 16 of 60 shots for 26.6 percent and 20 of 40 free throws for 50 percent.

“I don’t have an explanation except for the fact that we’re young,” Oganyan noted. “A lot of those girls, it’s their first year. In a close game and a league game.”

Freshman shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo (#1), who scored two points, is chasing sophomore guard Denise Dayag. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior shooting guard Georgina Kregorian scored nine of her 11 points in the extra frame for the Falcons.

“Stepping up is what makes this all better,” she said. “Looking at the score and thinking that we beat Glendale by 20, we didn’t want to come out cocky. We didn’t give up and playing like a team was the number one thing.”

Kregorian said that she was assisted by the other players.

“I just couldn’t be more happy for my teammates because if it weren’t for their passes and the way that they played, I wouldn’t have played the way I played,” she said.

Kregorian then added: “We were very nervous. It goes overtime. So we had to forget about the lead. It’s a new game. Our mind-set was just to win,” she said.

The Falcons, who drilled 19 of 60 for 31.6 percent and 12 of 19 (63.1 percent) from the charity line, were paced by senior point guard Sarah Perez’s 13 points.

Senior power forward Michelle Boghossian added 12 points, including 10 points coming in the opening half when the Falcons made eight of 29 from the field (42.1 percent) and five of six from the free-throw stripe.

The Falcons tied it at 16-16 with 3:31 left in the second period on a bucket by Boghossian.

Burroughs came out in the second half and missed its first three shots before Wrobel scored, but what followed was 10 consecutive misses and a three-point quarter.

The Indians made six of 19 at the intermission for 31.5 percent and seven of 31 in the second half for 22.5 percent, excluding the overtime.

The Falcons drilled four of 14 from the field in the third quarter as senior shooting guard Arlene Ovanessian scored all of her six points and senior point guard Rachel Dayag (six points) hitting a trey early in the period that gave Crescenta Valley a 24-20 lead.

Burroughs Girls Basketball Falls to Hueneme in West Coast Holiday Festival

With a young team that includes three freshmen starters, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball will certainly have some growing pains.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Wednesday night was one of those as the Indians fell 61-49 at home to Hueneme High in the second round of the West Coast Holiday Festival.

Hueneme (9-0) used its quickness and full-court press to frustrate Burroughs.

“We’ve faced all kinds of presses. It’s not the first time we’ve faced the full court,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “I actually thought we did okay handling it. We’ve gotten better with that stuff.”

Burroughs (7-4) at times did indeed do well with the press. But Hueneme caught fire offensively in the second half and ran away with things in the end.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“They hit some shots. The two guards they have are pretty good guards,” Oganyan said. “They caught fire in the third quarter. We have to be able to play better defense and rebound the ball. We had opportunities where we let them get second chances.”

Burroughs led 21-19 at halftime. But Hueneme hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter alone and started the fourth quarter with yet another 3-pointer.

“It took them a little time to get warmed up. They usually don’t take this long to warm up, but I’m glad that they did warm up,” said Hueneme coach Katalina Martinez, who praised her team’s defensive effort. “Our pressure defense helps us stay in games like this when we’re playing against tall and strong teams.”

Hueneme began the second half on a 6-0 run and Burroughs never recovered.

Freshman Kayla Wrobel had seven of her team-high 15 points in the quarter for the Indians. She also had 10 rebounds. Ayumi DeHerrera had back-to-back baskets late in the quarter to make close the gap to 39-35. She finished with five points and six rebounds.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

But Hueneme stormed right back by going on an 8-0 run led by a 3-pointer from Isabel Ayala to make it 47-35.

Burroughs fought back to make it 47-42 with 4:14 to play following a basket by Marin Grote.

But Hueneme once again bounced right back essentially put the game out of reach with just over a minute to play when Vanessa Smart hit a pair of free throws to make it 55-44.

Freshman Faith Boulanger had 10 points and eight rebounds for Burroughs.

Grote had seven points and nine rebounds. Nicole Rumfola had four points for Burroughs. Dyani Del Castillo, Camryn Lotka, Jill Kukawski and Jenny Galvan each had two points.

Burroughs, Burbank Girls Basketball Ready For Strong Seasons

By Rick Assad

When the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ basketball teams take the floor, it’s with conviction that every game is winnable.

The Indians, 17-12 and 8-4 in the Pacific League, tied for second last season, will be paced by 6-foot-4 senior center Marin Grote and 5-3 junior point guard Arianna Farias.

“Both started last year and are expected to lead the way,” said Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan, whose squad had its four-season run as the league champion snapped.

Grote, who will play volleyball for the University of Washington, averaged 9.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals.

Burroughs getting some practice time with senior center Marin Grote (#44) passing the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Oganyan expects the Indians, who lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs, to be competitive.

“The girls have had a good summer and fall by playing a lot of good competition,” she said. “Our focus will be being tough defensively, playing really hard and competing every second.”

It won’t be easy, but Oganyan believes the Indians will be in the hunt for the league title. “League should tough,” she noted. “There are a lot good coaches and good teams.”

The Indians will play in their own tournament and then begin league action on Jan. 3 at Arcadia.

Burroughs will play at longtime rival Burbank on Jan. 19 and host the Bulldogs on Feb. 8.

The Indians are loaded with junior guards who spent time on the floor like 5-2 Ayumi DeHerrera, 5-7 Jillian Kukawski, 5-6 Camryn Lotka, 5-5 Emily Gutierrez and 5-8 Nicole Rumfola, who will also see time at forward.

“All of these girls have improved and look forward to contributing,” Oganyan said.

Senior Jenny Galvan is a 5-3 guard coming up from the junior varsity who should help off the bench.

Burbank also worked on some of the fundamentals in practice. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There are a number of talented sophomores such as 5-5 guard A’sia Morales, who is a “slasher, a good rebounder and a great defender,” according to Oganyan and 5-6 guard Sophie Hawkins, who is “being counted on as an outside shooter,” said Oganyan.

There are also freshmen and they include 5-7 guard Dyani Del Castillo, 5-11 forward Faith Boulanger and 5-9 forward Kayla Wrobel.

“Dyani is a great athlete who is everywhere on the court and a great rebounder, while Faith will be looked at as a scorer and Kayla is a great rebounder and has good instincts for the game,” Oganyan said.

Other first-year players include 5-5 guard Liliana Gonzalez, who plays solid defense according to Oganyan and 6-0 Sydney Martin, who will play the post.

Practice makes perfect, including dribbling and driving to the hoop. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs are coming off a campaign in which they posted a 14-15 overall record and 5-7 in the league, good for fifth place along with Arcadia.

The Bulldogs are 1-2 this season with losses to Saugus 52-47 and Lancaster 63-39 in the Brentwood Tournament and a win versus the Archer School for Girls 49-28 in the same tourney.

Second-year Burbank coach John Wells said “the league is fairly-well balanced and that no team should go undefeated,” and employs a four-guard offense, hoping this will add more scoring and passing.

For Burbank, which begins league action at Hoover on Jan. 3, hosts Burroughs on Jan. 19 and visits the Indians on Feb. 8, everything begins with 5-7 junior shooting guard Osanna Tirityan, who has been a force for two seasons.

“Osanna is a great scorer and a great rebounder,” said Wells of Tirityan, who averaged 16.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals. “She’s an all-around player.

Tirityan has been named to the All-CIF Division II-A second team twice and All-League first team twice.

The Bulldogs race down the floor during a scrimmage. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior point guard Emily Monterrey, at 5-5, will also have the ball in her hands.

“Emily is a strong passer and likes to go to the basket,” Wells said.

Senior guard Sophia Jimenez is 5-5 and will add some offensive punch to the lineup as will 5-9 senior forward Kate Lynn Monterrey.

Sophomore guard Brianna Castro, at 5-4, is a very dependable shooter according to Wells.

The lone forward is 5-9 junior Sofia Aslanyan, who should contribute points and add muscle.

“Sofia is a strong offensive rebounder,” Wells said. “She has a strong post presence, but will be asked to play more than just the post.”

Coming off the bench is 5-4 junior guard Jasmine Chavez. “Jasmine is an aggressive defender and a good offensive slasher,” Wells noted.

Junior forward Dakota Cortez is 5-4 and can be counted upon to pick up stray balls.

“Dakota is a strong rebounder on both ends of the court,” Wells said. “She’ll dive for loose balls.”

Junior point guard Emily Monterrey is 5-5 and a “strong passer and goes hard to the basket,” according to Wells.

Despite being young, 5-5 freshman guard Jayla Flowers will contribute. “Jayla is an athlete and a great offensive rebounder,” Wells said. “She will be asked to guard the other team’s best player.”

Another young talent is 5-6 freshman forward Rukhshana Payind. “Rukhshana is a good offensive rebounder who runs the floor well,” Wells said.

Freshman guard Erika Montoya stands 5-3, but is still able to make herself into a crafty defender according to Wells.

Senior forward Amber Kassens is 5-5 and a relentless worker. “Amber is a good shooter and works hard on defense,” Wells said.

Junior guard Desi Gomez, at 5-3, will also be in the backcourt. “Desi is a spot-up shooter and a tough defender,” Wells said.

The rest of the squad includes 5-4 senior forward Kaylee Rivas, 5-1 senior guard Abisha Noriega and 5-6 senior forward Sabrina Feldman.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Falls In CIF Second Round To Westridge

By Rick Assad

Try as they might, the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team came up just short in its CIF Southern Section Division III second-round playoff match against visiting Westridge on Thursday night.

It took five sets in order for the Tigers to tame the Indians 25-17, 21-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-9.

Senior outside hitter Marin Grote played her final game for the Indians, a loss in the CIF second round to visiting Westridge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We felt pretty good, but we knew that the other team would fight and we got stuck in a couple of rotations and ball control was suspect all night,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said.

The fifth and decider was tied at 2-2 on senior outside hitter Marin Grote’s kill and 3-3 on Westridge freshman opposite/hitter Kathleen Chen’s net serve.

The Tigers seized control and led 11-7 on a winner from senior opposite/outside hitter Makana Meyer.

Westridge went on a 4-2 spurt and captured the set and match when senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich’s shot missed the target.

“We had trouble passing the ball and getting the ball to our hitters,” Real said. “They were able to get the ball to their hitters.”

After dropping the opening game, the Indians (24-7) rallied and took the second set.

The pace was furious as it took five sets in order for the Tigers to prevail over the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It was tied at 1-1 and 2-2, before Westridge (24-6) went on a 9-5 spurt and led 11-7 on a kill from senior outside hitter Allison Martinez.

Burroughs drew within 12-9 on Grote’s dagger, but Chen’s tapper made it 15-9 as the Indians called time out.

“It was a tough loss,” said Grote, who will sign a letter of intent to play volleyball with the University of Washington on Nov. 8. “Overall I’m very pleased with how the season went. I’m so happy to be a part of this team. There was a lot of growth as a team and as individual players progressing.”

Burroughs went on a 5-0 blitz that was capped off by Grote’s stuff that evened it at 15-15.

The Indians burst ahead 17-16 on a winner from junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo.

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude gave her best effort and is being double teamed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Van Loo’s tapper made it 18-16 while sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill pushed the advantage to 19-16.

Van Loo’s blast leveled it at 21-21 and was followed by a block from Lydia Grote that made it 23-21.

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s kill gave the Indians a 24-21 advantage and Patenaude’s jam evened the match at one game apiece.

Burroughs seized control of the third set after leading 8-4 on Marin Grote’s spike and 14-10 on Patenaude’s service ace.

It became 20-11 on a kill from junior middle blocker Maggie Harris and 23-12 on another smash from Harris.

The Indians then took two of the last five points including junior outside hitter Lauren Baydaline’s serve that hit the net as they led two games to one.

Close early and late, the fourth game saw the Indians lead 8-6 on Lydia Grote’s kill and 13-11 on Marin Grote’s wallop.

Ricki Patenaude and Marin Grote work in tandem defensively. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lydia Grote’s winner made it 17-14, but the Tigers roared back and led 22-20 on senior middle blocker Eryn Boken’s ace.

The Tigers claimed three of the next four points including sophomore libero Krystal Raymundo’s kill that evened the match at two games each.

The initial set went to Westridge which led 7-3 on Martinez’s ace and caused the Indians to ask for time.

Martinez’s kill made it 12-10 and Raymundo’s service ace pushed the advantage to 15-10.

When Martinez tacked on a spike it became 16-10 as Burroughs requested yet another time out.

The Tigers led 18-13 on Martinez’s kill and then 20-14 on Boken’s service winner.

Westridge darted ahead 24-16 on Meyer’s dagger and took the set on Martinez’s spike.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Pass Initial CIF Playoff Test

By Rick Assad

No postseason match is ever easy, but the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team had a relatively smooth ride over visiting Norco on Tuesday night.

The Indians took out the Cougars 25-18, 25-15, 25-14 in a CIF Southern Section Division III opening-round encounter.

Marin Grote was the driving force with nine kills in a CIF opening-round win over Norco. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, which claimed the Pacific League, has a second-round home game versus Westridge on Thursday.

The Indians were led by senior outside hitter Marin Grote with nine kills.

Junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo and senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude each produced five kills.

“I felt good about how we started and how we progressed throughout the match,” said Burroughs coach Edwin Real, whose team reached the quarterfinals in 2016. “One of the goals in this game was to get off to a fast start.”

The clinching game was tied at 2-2 and 3-3, but the Indians then rattled off six straight points including a service ace by Grote that made it 9-3.

Jewel Musich is ready to set up a point for the Indians in a CIF win over the Cougars. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs then seized control at 10-5 on a winner from Van Loo and darted in front 16-9 on a tapper from senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich.

Van Loo’s kill made it 18-11 and senior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell’s tapper put the Indians ahead 20-12.

Burroughs then outscored the Cougars (11-12) 5-2 that included a stuff by Van Loo for the set and match.

“They were pretty relaxed,” Real said of his squad. “They weren’t nervous at all, which is a good thing. It’s a more relaxed atmosphere. The crowd wasn’t huge. It’s like another Pacific League game for us.”

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude had five kills for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were dominant in the second set as they took control 4-1 on Grote’s winner and 6-3 on another kill from Grote.

When junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern had a service ace, the advantage swelled to 7-3 and it became 11-5 on Van Loo’s spike.

The Cougars drew within 13-10, but sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill made it 14-11 and Marin Grote’s smash put the Indians in front 15-10.

A winner from Musich saw the Indians seize a 17-12 edge and a kill from junior middle blocker Maggie Harris pushed the Indians (24-6) in front 20-15. When Harris contributed a spike, the margin was 23-15.

The Indians were never headed against Norco in a CIF match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Marin Grote is the best player on the team, but the Indians have other weapons, according to Real.

“We try to work the others in practice. That way they’re all ready,” he said. “You’ve gotta run your routes because Marin’s not going to get them all.”

Cottrell’s kill shoved the Indians in front 24-15 and a stuff from Harris ended the set.

The Indians opened up a 9-3 cushion in the first set, extended it to 14-5 on Patenaude’s winner, and Norco came within 16-11.

Burroughs Girls’ Volleyball Tops Burbank to Take Home Pacific League Title

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Marin Grote has been a key figure for the Burroughs girls’ volleyball team the last four years. Tuesday night the 6-foot-4 outside hitter concluded the regular season of her career as the Indians defeated visiting Burbank High 25-15, 25-21, 19-25, 25-14.

In the process, Burroughs captured the Pacific League title outright, finishing with a 13-1 in league mark.

Both schools will learn of their playoff fate Thursday when the CIF Southern Section releases the volleyball pairings.

“I love these games. It’s confidence boosting and it is fun,” said Grote, who committed to the University of Washington as a sophomore. “It is a crosstown rivalry, how can it not be. It was a good match, a good rivalry game. Burbank put up a good competition but we were ready. We’ve been preparing for this.”

Burroughs (23-5 overall) received 17 kills from Grote, 10 from junior Juliana Van Loo and six from sophomore Lydia Grote.

“We played well early. We kind of put our guard down a little bit. We made a lot of errors in game three,” Burroughs Coach Edwin Real said.

Despite the league title and a guaranteed first round match in the CIF playoffs next week, Real said his team isn’t where he expected it would be.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Not quite. We have some things we want to take care of,” he said.  “Once we iron some things out and re-focus (we’ll be okay).”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo praised his team for remaining tough. The Bulldogs finish the regular season 10-4 in league to finish in third place.

“They hung in there. They kept fighting and they kept believing in themselves,” Rojo said. “They were aggressive with the swing, they were aggressive with the service line, the passing was great that third set.”

Overall he was pleased to see the program going in the right direction.

“We told our players to keep their minds on track for CIF. We did a great job this year in league finishing third. It is better than the last two years,” he said.

Burroughs broke away from Burbank in the first game after the two teams were tied at 9.

Burbank put up a tougher fight in the second game, keeping it tied until 13.

A kill by Jewel Musich clinched the second game for the Indians.

Burbank dominated the third game after Burroughs closed the gap to 9-8.

A pair of aces from Erin Lashkari and a pair of kills from Melissa Daniel helped Burbank during the run that saw the Bulldogs go on a 7-0 run.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A kill by Daniel forced a fourth game.

Burroughs took the early lead in the fourth and didn’t have too much trouble. A pair of back-to-back kills from Burbank’s Suzy Torosyan gave Burbank some brief momentum.

Burroughs finished things off with a kill from Ricki Patenaude.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Sweeps Past Host Burbank

By Rick Assad

City bragging rights, Burbank High hoping to keep sole possession of first place in the Pacific League and Burroughs wanting to make it a three-way tie for the top spot along with Arcadia were all on the line Thursday night when these longtime rivals met in a girls’ volleyball match.

The visiting Indians came out strong, something Coach Edwin Real wanted, and partially because of this early charge only three games were needed, 25-11, 25-12, 25-23, in order to deal the Bulldogs a defeat.

Burbank senior outside hitter Melissa Daniel (#1) had nine kills in a three-set loss to rival Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We were pretty focused, pretty determined,” Real said of the first two sets. “We have some goals and we needed to attain those goals and we start off passing well and once we get passing we have the setters. We have the hitters. We have people that can put the ball away. It’s just getting the ball to the hitters.”

Senior outside hitter Marin Grote finished with a match-high 15 kills and junior outside hitter Juliana Van Loo added six.

Burbank and Burroughs will meet once again on Oct. 24 at the Indians’ gym with a 6 p.m. start.

Burbank trailed throughout the third game, but came within 20-19 when senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s shot found the net.

Marin Grote rises and is about to add one of her match-high 15 kills in a Pacific League match against host Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Another point for the Bulldogs would have evened it, but Van Loo’s kill made it 21-19.

Burbank didn’t give up as it drew within 22-20 on a kill from senior outside hitter Melissa Daniel.

“We weren’t keeping it simple in terms of what plays we were running in terms of passing,” said Daniel, who had nine kills. “We were shanking balls left and right. We were thinking too much when we were playing instead of just playing.”

When senior opposite hitter Erin Lashkari served up an ace, the Bulldogs (12-2 and 6-1 in league) climbed within 22-21 and leveled it at 22-22 on a sizzler from Daniel.

When senior opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan added a spike, Burbank pulled into the lead, 23-22, as the Indians asked for time out.

But Grote’s bullet evened it at 23-23 and senior libero Sabrina Sullivan’s service ace made it 24-23.

The match clincher came when Burbank used four touches in order to get the ball across the net according to the referee, with Grote standing in front and ready to pounce.

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude gets the ball over the net for Burroughs while Arpi Garibyan jumps to defend. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians (14-2 and 6-1 in league) dashed ahead 3-1 in the third stanza on Grote’s spike and Grote’s smash made it 6-4 and her ace made it 7-4.

“In practice we’ve really been drilling strong starts,” said Grote, “so I think we had that under our belts as well as our team came in focused. We came here to win and that was our job and we did it.”

Van Loo’s tapper put Burroughs, which has now defeated Burbank five consecutive matches, in front 9-6, but Daniel’s spike saw the Bulldogs get within 10-8.

“We just did not play well tonight,” Daniel said. “We made too many errors and it just came down to that. We missed a lot of serves. We were not strong in service games.”

Burbank made too many errors in its Pacific League match versus visiting Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Grote added a kill, the Indians took over at 13-10 and Grote’s spike made it 14-11.

Burroughs opened the initial stanza by claiming 11 of the first 14 points that included a tapper from junior middle blocker Maggie Harris which prompted Burbank Coach Karl Rojo to ask for time.

“Our sense of urgency wasn’t really there the first set, second set,” Rojo said. “We didn’t live up to our serving standards. Too many in the net. Giving away too many points. We didn’t start with that sense of urgency. Couldn’t get our momentum right.”

Rojo went on: “You can kind of call it some sort of complacency the last couple of weeks,” he said. “That’s also a battle that we’re trying to overcome in practice, too. That complacency, when we play teams that aren’t as tough as we want them to be.”

The Indians seized control 15-6 on a kill from Patenaude and 16-7 on Grote’s bomb.

When junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern (four aces) unloaded three straight aces the lead swelled to 20-8 and it became 21-8 and 23-8 on a pair of Grote kills.

It was more of the same in the second game as the Indians captured the first five points before Daniel’s kill broke the spell to make it 5-1.

Burroughs took over 12-5 and 15-7 on kills from sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote.

The Bulldogs rallied and shaved the lead to 17-10 on Lashkari’s kill, however, Marin Grote had back-to-back bullets that made it 20-10 as Burbank needed a respite.

Marin Grote’s tapper put the Indians ahead 21-11 and Van Loo’s spike forged a 22-12 advantage.

Senior libero Lizzy Jessen’s service ace gave Burroughs a 23-12 lead and the Indians then took the next two points.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Can’t Keep Stride With Arcadia

By Rick Assad

At least recently, when it comes to the Pacific League girls’ volleyball race, most of the time Burroughs High and Arcadia are near the top of the standings.

On Tuesday afternoon, these two behemoths met and after four sets, the visiting Apaches prevailed, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14.

Marin Grote goes up for a point, but is met by Arcadia’s Katie Blastek (#12) and Hannah Ruiz in a Pacific League match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians played well in the second frame and were tied 17-17 in the third set on senior outside hitter Marin Grote’s tapper.

It was also level at 18-18 on outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill.

“I think the first and second games we were definitely really, really excited, and we were all playing really well as a team, I think,” said Grote, a sophomore. “In the third game, we kind of stopped communicating to each a little bit more. We weren’t playing the best that we could have been.”

Grote added: “I think we did that really well [communicate] in the second game and then in the fourth game there was no talking on the court. We stopped playing as a team. We started playing one individual player on the court.”

Shea McGovern prepares to serve for the Indians in a clash with the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia (5-2 and 3-1 in league) gathered itself and outscored Burroughs 7-1 with the clincher Lydia Grote’s shot hitting the net.

Grote felt there was a lesson to be learned. “I definitely think we are better than what we played tonight,” she said. “I think we did lose communication in the third and fourth sets and if we had kept it together, I think we’d have stayed more excited and more up and we’re making less errors.”

Grote continued: “I think that next time we play them we’re definitely going to be better at communicating. We’re going to get every ball.”

The Apaches pulled in front 5-0 in the third game on a kill from senior opposite hitter Hannah Ruiz (12 kills).

Digging deep, the Indians rallied and evened it at 9-9 on freshman outside hitter Catie Virtue’s service ace.

Arcadia took the final two sets and the match behind strong play from Hannah Kennedy, who had a match-high 23 kills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia then bolted in front 15-10 on a smash from senior outside hitter Hannah Kennedy (match-best 23 kills).

The Apaches zoomed into a 21-18 lead on Kennedy’s tapper which caused the Indians (7-2 and 3-1 in league) to seek a time out.

“I prepare the girls as if we’re going to game five,” Arcadia coach Jennifer Estrada said. “So that’s how they’re playing. That’s how I train them. They’re going to game five and that’s it. Because if I prepare them that we’re going to win it in three, then their mindset is that not to take it to five.”

Marin Grote gave it her all, but it wasn’t enough against the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Estrada went on: “Whereas if we’re going against such a great school, we already know, hey, they’re going to challenge you guys. I mean we play against a lot of schools in our league and they haven’t challenged us. A game like this is awesome because these girls can actually go point by point.”

The second game was even at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6 on a kill from Kennedy.

Burroughs then jumped out to an 11-9 advantage on Marin Grote’s smash as the Apaches asked for time.

Arcadia tied it at 13-13 on a bullet from senior outside hitter Ashley McDonald (five kills) and led 18-15 on a service ace from junior libero Haley Kennedy (16 digs).

The Indians evened it at 21-21 on Marin Grote’s spike which forced the Apaches to call a time out.

Lydia Grote shows off her skills in a Pacific League match against Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It became 23-22 on Marin Grote’s kill and her rifle shot clinched the set and evened the match at one game apiece.

“Coming out of the second game we had a lot of momentum going into the third and then we flopped,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We gave them six points in a row, so we’re down 6-0. We had to crawl back to tie it up at 18, then they got seven in a row.”

What does Real need to do in order so that an opponent doesn’t go on prolonged runs?

“We need to be better in practice at not letting that happen,” he noted. “Because we practice that. And we’re not very good at that.”

Net play was furious in a Pacific League match between Arcadia and Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

The initial set was deadlocked at 3-3 on a kill from McDonald, but the Apaches went on an 8-2 spurt that included an ace from Ruiz as Arcadia took control 11-5.

When Haley Kennedy delivered a service ace it became 16-8,.

Arcadia junior middle blocker Ayala Plummer’s rocket made it 20-12 which prompted the Indians to call for time.

The Apaches moved ahead 23-13 when junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern’s hit sailed out of bounds and the set was iced on McDonald’s kill.

“The only good thing about it is that we’re still in the hunt,” Real said. “We have to beat everybody else from now on.”

The Indians have time to work on some things before facing Arcadia on Oct. 12, with a 3:30 p.m. start time.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Starts Slow, Ends Fast Against CV

By Rick Assad

An early deficit may have been the perfect springboard for the visiting Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team on Tuesday.

After losing the opening game, the Indians roared back and took the next three for a 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-21 Pacific League decision over CrescentaValley.

“I think we made a lot of errors today,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “CV didn’t make errors. They made us have to play. They’re digging balls. They’re serving well. So if we’re not on point, you know, this is hard.”

With the match level at one game apiece, Burroughs forged ahead 10-6 in the third game behind a kill from junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo, who finished with 10 kills.

The Indians moved ahead 12-9 on a smash from sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote.

Grote’s dagger made it 17-11 and when senior outside hitter Marin Grote, who will play volleyball for the University of Washington, delivered a bullet that made it 19-11, the Falcons called time out.

Outside hitter Marin Grote had a match-best 21 kills in a Pacific League win over host Crescenta Valley. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We have a lot of upperclassmen which is an advantage, I think,” said Grote, who finished with a match-best 21 kills. “A lot of experienced players. And so it takes the team working together to get it rolling, as you saw in the third game.”

Burroughs led 21-12 on senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s kill and it became 23-12 on Patenaude’s service ace.

Patenaude had seven kills for the match.

Marin Grote’s smash gave the Indians a 24-14 edge and junior setter/opposite hitter Shea McGovern’s ace the set.

Crescenta Valley (1-6 and 0-2 in league) led 6-0 in the fourth set behind junior setter/outside hitter Madison Blohm’s service ace.

But the Indians came within 8-4 on Marin Grote’s kill.

“I always expect a good competitive match from CV,” Grote said. “I know they’re a good team. I’ve played with several of the girls. As a team, we expected a good hard match.”

Burroughs then outscored the Falcons 10-5 and led 14-13 on senior defensive specialist/libero Lizzy Jessen’s service winner.

The Falcons evened it at 16-16 on junior outside/opposite hitter Maya Lightfoot’s kill which caused Burroughs to ask for time out.

Crescenta Valley led 17-16 on senior outside/opposite hitter Marley Gang’s ace, but Marin Grote’s hit evened it at 17-17.

From this point, the Indians took control and pushed ahead 20-18 on Van Loo’s kill and 23-20 on Lydia Grote’s kill as the Falcons called time out.

Burroughs (6-1 and 2-0 in league) claimed two of the next three points including Patenaude’s tapper for the game and match.

The second game was even at 3-3 on Marin Grote’s kill, but the Indians darted in front 7-6 and 8-6 on consecutive service aces from McGovern.

Crescenta Valley tied it at 10-10 on junior opposite hitter/middle blocker Grace Holland’s kill.

Van Loo’s smash tied it at 11-11, but the Indians would pull ahead 15-13 on Lydia Grote’s tapper.

Marin Grote’s blast made it 18-15 and her service winner pushed the advantage to 21-19.

“This past match was way better than Glendale,” Grote said. “Glendale was the first league match and this did not go our way even though we won. It wasn’t a good match. This was more of a team-oriented match and was better played.”

Van Loo’s kill saw the Indians bolt ahead 22-20, while senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich’s stuff made it 23-20.

Van Loo added another kill that made it 24-20 and Marin Grote’s service ace saw the Indians even the match at a game apiece.

Crescenta Valley took a 3-0 lead in the first game on Gang’s kill and 7-1 when Marin Grote’s smash missed.

The Indians came within 8-5 on Marin Grote’s kill, but the Falcons extended their lead to 12-10 on Holland’s ace.

Crescenta Valley pulled in front 17-13 on Blohm’s service ace and 20-17 on Gang’s ace.

Burroughs tied it at 22-22 on Marin Grote’s kill and it was even at 23-23 when Marin Grote’s serve hit the net.

Holland’s service ace made it 24-23 and was followed by Van Loo’s spike that missed as the Falcons took the opening set.

Real wasn’t pleased losing the initial game, but said that it was self-inflicted. “I think, unfortunately, maybe some overconfidence,” he said. “Even in game four, I think we were down 6-0.”

Real went on: “One of our goals for today was to get off to a fast start and run the game fast because they had a three-ball system. So it went fast alright, for the other team.”